JL Williams

JL Williams (b. 1977)
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JL Williams

Biography

Summary

Poet and performer JL Williams is particularly interested in expanding dialogues through poetry across languages, perspectives and cultures and in cross-form work, visual art, opera and theatre.

Full Biography

JL Williams's first collection, Condition of Fire (Shearsman, 2011), was inspired by Ovid’s Metamorphoses and a journey to the Aeolian Islands.  Her second collection, Locust and Marlin (Shearsman, 2014), explores the idea of home and where we come from.  Our Real Red Selves (Vagabond Poets, 2015), a triptych collection featuring Williams and two other Scottish poets, considers themes of war and birth. Her poetry has been published in journals including Magma, Edinburgh Review, Poetry Wales, The Wolf, Fulcrum and Stand

Williams is particularly interested in expanding dialogues through poetry across languages, perspectives and cultures and in cross-form work, visual art, opera and theatre.  She was awarded a grant from the Scottish Arts Council for a poetry collaboration entitled chiaroscuro pentimenti and, in 2009, the Edwin Morgan Travel Bursary from the Scottish Arts Trust.  She was selected for the 2015 Jerwood Opera Writing Programme and for the TRG3 Residency Programme at Talbot Rice Gallery in Edinburgh. 

Performer in the poetry and music band Opul, Williams gives regular poetry readings and workshops and is on the Live Literature funded list of Scottish Book Trust authors.  She was the Events Manager at the Scottish Poetry Library between 2012 and 2016.

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